Emotional farewell begins for US Senator John McCain

Dem senator Would ‘absolutely’ vote to rename Senate office building after McCain

Dem senator Would ‘absolutely’ vote to rename Senate office building after McCain

John McCain was one of the only politicians who could get people to set aside politics.

Ducey went on to say that visitors to Arizona most commonly identify the state with two things: John McCain and the Grand Canyon.

The Arizona governor, who is tasked with naming McCain's successor by the end of the week, praised the so-called Senate "maverick". In 1999, Trump downplayed McCain's military service and suggested he was only considered an American hero because he was captured and held prisoner in Hanoi for five years during the Vietnam War.

Cindy McCain pressed her face against the flag-draped casket of her husband, U.S. Sen.

He would have turned 82 years old on Wednesday.

Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl said he has been with McCain all around the world and he had better instincts on when to assert United States power than anyone else he knew.

"We'll miss that pace", Davis, McCain's former national campaign manager for both of his presidential bids, said.

A motorcade with Sen.

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"To the rest of the world, John McCain was Arizona", Ducey said on Wednesday during his remarks at the memorial service in the Arizona State Capital.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey pays tribute to the late senator.

The governor was to join McCain's wife, Cindy, and three of McCain's onetime Republican colleagues from Arizona's congressional delegation - retiring Senator Jeff Flake, former Senator Jon Kyl and former Congressman James Kolbe - for the morning ceremony.

Arizona residents have lined up at the state capitol to pay their respects to Senator John McCain, who endured five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before becoming one of the most powerful U.S. lawmakers and a two-time Republican presidential candidate.

On Friday, McCain will be taken to the Capitol Rotunda for a televised memorial service where Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan are expected to attend.

McCain's remains were driven to the state capitol in a black hearse escorted by four policemen on motorcycles. The Arizona Republican died Saturday of an aggressive form of brain cancer. None of these buildings are flying their USA and California flags at half-staff.

A few dozen white folding chairs were reserved for family and dignitaries beside a wreath of white roses.

After Thursday's church service, a motorcade will take McCain's casket to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for a final salute from members of the Arizona Air and Army National Guard. The flag at the Capitol is symbolic and represents the entire state.

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